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Old 01-15-2013, 14:01   #61
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To give it some perspective, Elmer Keith left off with the .44 special at 20 grains of 2400 with his 250 grain lswc. Lyman 49 lists 3 different lead bullets from 240 - 245 grains, with a max of 13.2 grains to stay under 14,000 CUP.

I currently load 20 grains of 2400 and a 245 grain lswc in .44 magnum.

So if you ask which would I rather have - .44 special or .357 mag and reloading doesn't come into play, I'd pick the .357 mag (as Tiro said, they are kept at low levels for older guns with weaker frames). If I can reload, .44 special.
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Old 01-15-2013, 16:15   #62
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Very true. I used to shoot my 44mags a lot, like 100rds of full power ammo a week. Enough to mess up the forcing cone in my first RSBH ashooting jacketed. Now I shoot maybe 50rds a month, mostly midrange stuff, all lead. I enjoy the M29 in any flavor but really like the 4" guns. If I could only have one handgun, it would be a 4" M29. Mild to wild, mice to moose, concealable & with good 250grLSWCHP @ 925fps, a definitive man stopper.
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Fred, Where did you get your bullets?
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Old 01-15-2013, 20:35   #63
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To give it some perspective, Elmer Keith left off with the .44 special at 20 grains of 2400 with his 250 grain lswc...

18.5 gr. in ballon head cases, 17.5 in modern cases were his loads in .44 Special.
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Fred, Where did you get your bullets?
Nice expansion in your pic.
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